Month: March 2018

Don’t Give Up!

Keep Calm and Write

Alberta Sequeira
It’s my favorite thing to hear from my readers.
alberta.sequeira@gmail.com

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End of Word Press Helping Writers

How to Self-Publish

What a shock! Like everyone else who is after making money off the authors, CreateSpace has started the same hunger step to have authors pay from a choice of 3 different companies to help you get your book formatted for publication.

I wrote a book How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with CreateSpace. The content of their words to describe what you have to do or what you did wrong, is explained in my book. The remarks will still be of help for free to help you understand how to publish with CS. If you hit in search templets for books, they will have it set-up for you to add your manuscript directly to the size you want for your book.

CreateSpace has MANY roadblocks for the writer. I noticed when going in to ask a question, they had it posted, but once you hit on the topic, they said it was no longer available.

So, CreateSpace now has you where they want you. They hope you will put the money out to have their company do the publishing, making money for them. You have no choice if you have never done it before. I went absolutely CRAZY for 4 months trying to get my first book into their site, understanding what everything meant, and had no other author friend help me. They found their steps so confusing that they paid publishers to do it for them.

I don’t see any reason to update my handbook on how to publish with them. My steps should help you. It was easier for me back then feeling safe with their 24/7 help force, but I myself may end up confused. It’s been 8 years since my last time working to self-publish with them. Never knew until a week ago that they stopped their services.

Here is a review from someone who bought my book How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with CreateSpace. Click on www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira and my books will show up. The price is around $8.00. Better than paying for a three-hour course to attend.

From Amazon site:
Reviewed How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with Create Space
Great read!
Definitely helps with writing a book for the first time! It helps with various different parts! Thanks so very much

Have a great day!

Alberta Sequeira
www.albertasequeira.org
Email: alberta.sequeira@gmail.com

Bring Your Manuscript to Publication

 
Bring Your Manuscript
 
So you want to write a book. It’s scary not knowing anyone who can help you. I teach workshops for writers and decided to write handbook for those of you who can’t attend or can’t afford them.

I’m going to take a few topics covered in my handbook Bring Your Manuscript to Publication.

INTRODUCTION TO WRITING

Welcome to your world of writing. It all begins with a thought for a great story. The next step is to start writing your first sentence. You don’t need to spend every spare moment at the computer. A half hour a day will bring your story together. Pushing aside your desire to write will never fill your dream of having that special book published.

Publishing your work can happen if you persevere and keep your confidence. Famous writers had to start where you are now. In the beginning, don’t worry about making every sentence flow together or panic because they make no sense. There will be numerous times going back to recheck your grammar, punctuation and spelling. You may find it necessary to reword sentences. Those corrections should be in the last stages.

A computer is a gift and a best friend to a writer. Its function keys allow you to cut, paste, copy, delete or add a page from the internet to your manuscript. Remember, most mistakes can be fixed.

One important fact that I suggest is to SAVE your material with each paragraph or page that you finish. If you take a break, if there’s a storm, SAVE your work on a CD before shutting everything down. You’d be surprised how many hours of work can be lost. If it’s gone, you will learn what frustration is all about when you try to remember what you finished writing; you know, those perfect thoughts!

When done for the day, SAVE your work on a CD. Make it a habit that you write your fresh, new, daily entries at the start of each day in your manuscript in the computer and SAVE the day’s work on the CD. It is easy to get mixed up if you start one day writing on the CD and saving the work in the computer and then the next day starting in the computer and saving on the CD because you will over-riding pages of entries with your finished work. I made this horrible mistake with my first book for months forgetting which location I started my writing last, where it was saved, and it deleted important information that I could not remember. Remember, work on the computer, Save on the CD at the end. Make this a routine practice.

Keep a pencil and a pad of paper in the living room, kitchen and bedroom. Some of the best material seem to come during the wee hours of the night or morning. Have one special location to store your notes. Type them daily into your document. It saves paperwork from piling up or your notes getting lost.

Buy a tape recorder (prices can start around $40) and carry it with you everywhere. How many times have you been out and some fantastic idea for the book hits you? By the time you get home that thought could be gone forever.

Here are all the topics covered in my handbook for $10 or under on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

Contents Page
Bio of Author 3
Introduction to Writing/How to Develop a Good Story 4
Taking Breaks/Keeping Receipts
Emails/Writer’s Groups
Outlining Your Thoughts
Characters/Plot
Research/Posting Thoughts, Editing
Outlining Your Story
What is a Hook
How to Open with a Hook
Grammar Problems
Words to Avoid/Your Last Step Editing
Where to Find Editors/ Reference Books
Getting Published
Agent or Publisher
Different Ways to Publish
Becoming Your Own Publisher
E-Books/Query Letters
Sample of Query Letters
Synopsis
Sample of Synopsis
Book Proposal
Book Cover/Title
What Happens after Publishing/Media Kit
Difference Between a Rich and Poor Author/Websites for Authors
Perseverance
Albert’s Contact info and Published Books

Alberta Sequeira